Thursday, February 7, 2013
Games Workshop's Legal Department Is After You!!!
By order of Games Workshop(TM), you are no longer allowed to use the words "space" and marine" in any combination, in any media, and in any way. These words are trademarked by Games Workshop(TM), and you must not use them without the express permission and under the provisions of the Intellectual Property Policies(c)(TM) of Games Workshop(TM).
What the heck is all this about?
The issue has gone viral on the Internet in the past 48 hours, and there's going to be a lot of hoo-hah about it for quite a while. Mind you, I happen to be a strong advocate of both copyright and trademark protection, but there's a hard way to do this and an easy way to do this; see also the brilliant letter sent by the lawyers representing the Jack Daniels whisky brand:
From my point of view, as both a founding member of GAMA and as a gamer, I think somebody in Nottingham needs to have some words with the lawyers that the company has on retainer; this is shaping up to be a massive public relations nightmare.
Lordy, Lordy; what a nightmare...